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JRF & UNDP Sign Partnership Agreement to Improve Socio-economic Status and Livelihoods of Jordanian and Syrian Refugee Youth

Jul 27, 2017

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)and The Jordan River Foundation (JRF) have signed an agreement yesterday, Monday, as part of the “Enhancing Access to Sustainable Livelihoods and Employment Opportunities for Vulnerable Jordanians and Syrian refugees through UNDP’s Innovative 3x6 Approach” project.

Funded by the Japanese Government, and implemented in cooperation with the National Microfinance Bank, the project supports livelihoods and helps participants generate sustainable income. The innovative approach in place was specifically developed to empower Jordanian and Syrian refugee youth, highlighting their role in regional and economic development through their participation in voluntary initiatives which address the pressing needs of their local communities. It also provides them with a shared platform to help them overcome the challenges they face, especially those related to employment and finding sustainable income for themselves and their families.

The project not only improves the economic status of Jordanian and Syrian participants, but it also helps develop their capabilities and life skills, hones their personalities, as well as enhances their sense of citizenship and responsibility towards their communities. Additionally, the concept and design of the project promote the economic participation of women by giving them access to employment, either by helping them set up their own Microbusinesses entering the labor market.

The project will target 156 young men and women of the Jordanian and Syrian communities in Ramtha who meet the project’s criteria and possess the right qualifications. The participants will be engaged in all three phases of the “Enhancing Access to Sustainable Livelihoods and Employment Opportunities in Host communities” project. All participants, Jordanian and Syrian, will help identify the most pressing needs of their local communities in an associative manner, where the community’s multitude of social segments will be included, to prioritize these needs and create the voluntary initiatives that address them. Training courses will be conducted on the mechanisms of generating ideas for Microbusinesses and linking them to feasibility studies according to the needs of the area, in addition to technical training in food processing. As the project concludes, a group of participants will be provided with jobs in the food processing sector, while the other group will be given funding and expert guidance to establish their own Microbusinesses, which will then help participants, create jobs rather than seek them.

Signing on behalf of the UNDP was Country Director Sara Ferrer Olivella, and on behalf of JRF Director General Enaam Barrishi.

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